CleanCat Core Facility
Founded in 2012 in the Center for Catalysis and Surface Science (CCSS), the Clean Catalysis (CleanCat) Core Facility at Northwestern University is dedicated to aiding students and investigators in the advancement of understanding the catalytic function of materials for environmental and energy processes. The available instrumentation provides students with the necessary tools for testing the catalytic properties of materials and obtaining insight into reaction mechanisms occurring on surfaces.
Through resources at CleanCat, students not only gain valuable equipment training, but they also learn how to collect data that answers their research questions. CleanCat focuses heavily on training students proper technique in catalysis experiments and aims to demystify instrumentation for graduate students by teaching them about the basic components of instruments (e.g. mass flow controllers, detectors, switch valves, Swagelok, etc.).
CleanCat provides a range of instrumentation and services for catalysis research. All instrumentation and services are available to Northwestern students, students of outside universities, and industrial researchers. Offerings include:
- Gas/Vapor Phase Reactions
- Liquid Phase/High Pressure Reactions
- Liquid Chromatography
- Temperature Programmed Experiments/ Chemisorption
- in situ Infrared Spectroscopy
- Mass Spectroscopy
- Surface Area/Pore Structure Analysis
Seminar Series: Modern Techniques in Heterogeneous Catalysis Research
As part of CleanCat’s central mission, the facility regularly sponsors a free seminar series for Northwestern students and faculty. The goal of this series is to address practical issues associated with various instrumentation and techniques commonly used in catalysis research. In addition to focusing on fundamental concepts, the series discusses how experiments are performed, why they are performed certain ways, the limitations of certain techniques, and the limits of data analysis and interpretation. The goal is to give students 1) a better understanding of experiments they are typically running as a “black box” and 2) to help students critically evaluate data presented in literature, even if they never run these experiment themselves.
Below are the presentation slides for the seminars, which are continuously updated with new information. Have questions or ideas about future seminar series topics? Contact CleanCat Operations Director Neil Schweitzer.
|Discussion Topics:||Last Updated:|
|Tanks, Tubing, and Fittings||Feb. 4, 2016|
|Gas Chromatography||Feb. 4, 2016|
|Catalyst Synthesis||Feb. 4, 2016|
|X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy|
|Chemisorption and Reaction Methods|
|IR, UV-vis, and Raman Spectroscopy|